The Dunstan High School (DHS) girls rugby team capped off an unbeaten season with a win against Mount Aspiring College (MAC) in the Central Otago secondary schools girls rugby final last week.
    MAC took an early lead and put up strong defence, however, it could not match the Alexandra players who came out on top with a score of 49-14.
    Converting all seven tries scored by her team earned DHS’s Haylee Harris player of the day.
    The Central Otago Secondary Schools girls rugby competition is made up of teams from four schools and has been taking place for four years.
    Central Otago women’s rugby representative Paula Clark said the sport was growing.
    ‘‘Women’s rugby is growing in New Zealand. We are looking very healthy in numbers. We always maintain our four girls teams [for the secondary schools competition] and we have now just introduced a women’s team into Central Otago.’’
    Rugby caters for all girls — you don’t have to be super tall like you have to be for basketball or netball.
    ‘‘I find there’s a place there for everyone to play,’’ she said.
    ‘‘We find it’s good for girls, it gets rid of some of the aggression they may build up during the day and they can bring it to the rugby field and leave it there and go home, and own their bruises.’’